Absa Premiership

Khune unfazed by criticism of 'defensive' Chiefs

2018-02-23 19:16
NUMBER ONE: Itumeleng Khune has already proven his worth. (Steve Haag, Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune insisted he is unperturbed by claims that Amakhosi are too defensive with the club scoring 19 goals in 21 league matches.

Chiefs' head coach Steve Komphela has been criticised for his preferred formation, which includes three centre-backs, protective screen Willard Katsande, and two full-backs. 

Nevertheless, Chiefs have done their talking on the pitch, conceding only 12 league goals this season to date which is less than any other side after 21 games. Khune, who tops the Absa Premierships' clean sheets leaderboard with 11, insists that the proof is in the pudding.

"People always say we play seven at the back. But we don't play seven, we play with three and we have consolidating players. Most of the teams are playing the same formation we are playing and it has been working for us. We just have to keep going," Khune is quoted as saying by KickOff.com

"Clean sheets are a good morale booster for me as an individual and for the whole team, so we just have to keep pushing to keep more clean sheets." 

Chiefs endured a difficult start to the season, which saw Komphela widely lambasted, but they have recovered in recent weeks and have not lost in eight Premiership games. 

They currently sit second in the league, five points behind Mamelodi Sundowns, and will face Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday evening as they continue their quest to steal the title and silence their critics.

Kick-off is at 20:15.

 

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019
AmaZulu v Kaizer Chiefs, King Zwelithini Stadium 15:00
Friday, 27 September 2019
Maritzburg United v Chippa United, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 28 September 2019
Golden Arrows v Stellenbosch, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:00
Orlando Pirates v Cape Town City, Orlando Stadium 15:30
Kaizer Chiefs v Baroka FC, FNB Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v AmaZulu, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
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